I am a beach bum to the end, but I have just had the chance to visit Greenland, and was completely floored by the sheer and stunning beauty of it. I have never, ever seen anything like it. Everyone talks about the beauty of Alaska, but I find Greenland even more incredible. Is this possible? I was just looking to see if anyone else has visited Greenland and their opinion on it. I would also like to hear everybody else's thoughts on the most beautiful place they have visited. Of course, every place is beautiful for it's own reasons.....
I have been to some beautiful beaches (Zanzibar probably the best), but I think there is something so large and impressive about icebergs and glaciers that I find those most awe inspiring. I haven't been to either Alaska or Greenland (they are on my list), but seeing the glacier and ice bergs in Lago Gray in Torres Del Paine in Chile right now stands as one of the few times I felt my breath taken away.
Hong Kong is beautiful in a very different way. Standing on Victoria Peak, with the sun going down behind me and the lights of the skyscrapers coming on made me feel like a suburban 10 year old kid in the big city again for the first time.
And a few times I have had experiences with seeing the stars. Lying on the deck of the Navimag Ferry in Chile and looking up and seeing the SOUTHERN CROSS made me realize how far from home I was at that moment and how large the world is, and stands out as one of my top travel experiences.
A similar but reversed thing happened to me in Russia, when walking out of my cabin on the trans-siberian railway, I saw the big dipper framed perfectly by the train window. At that point I knew I was so far away from home, but it made me realize that people at home would be looking at the same stars, and how small the world really is.
You said it so well in your last paragraph....
I was watching the midnight sun in Iceland, just thinking that it was the same sun that was about to rise at home.
Oh, man, I love Iceland! What an amazing, beautiful country.
Not that you'd exactly want to take a dip, but parts of Scotland have the most incredible turquoise blue water, white sand beaches anywhere. It's an odd mix of what you'd expect at a tropical island, but with an ancient Celtic feel to it with the cliffs, green hills, and even megalithic structures at some spots.
Of course, if I want to go for a dip, I'll take Koh Kood (part of the Koh Chang archipelago) in Thailand any day! (fumbles for credit card to buy next plane ticket out...)
Most beautiful place?
Iguassu Falls for me. (Border of Paraguay, Arentina and Brazil)
Rainbows everywhere - completely blew me away.
Pyramids are pretty awe-inspiring too.
Almost everywhere I went in New Zealand's South Island was breathtaking. Gorgeous.
I loved the coast in Croatia, Vis was beautiful, as were the dry barren Kornati islands. Great colour combinations from sea/rock/sky.
Any of the typical Thailand (like Phi Phi Leh) thing of turquoise sea, limestone cliffs and pretty coral underneath.
And I think to myself, What a wonderful world...
For me it would have to be Rai Leh in Thailand....Laem Phr Nang beach is beautiful as are the views of the ocean...I love how you have this pretty beach then in the Princess Caves that lie on the bay you have all these amazing colours on the shrines....I love all the dense jungle and cliffs and the view right across the bay is simply breathtaking!Its a beautiful place and the people there are amazing!
However I also love unconventional beauty and I guess its personal opinion but sometimes the impact of cities such as Tokyo and New York can be just as beautiful as a beach or lake or whatever...I find the lights and atmosphere of Shinjuku really inspiring!
Bac'Ha in Vietnam , close to the Chinese border is the most beautiful place I have ever been....
So unique in all his facets